verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Go or extend across or to the other side of (a path, road, stretch of water, or area)

    ‘he has crossed the Atlantic twice’
    ‘two paths crossed the field’
    figurative ‘a shadow of apprehension crossed her face’
    no object ‘we crossed over the bridge’
    • ‘She crossed to the left side of the road before going on to Coltman Street.’
    • ‘I crossed to the other side of the road, and went along that one for a while.’
    • ‘The glint of a smile briefly crosses his face when asked if he's ready for the playoffs.’
    • ‘A single road crosses the area.’
    • ‘But to get there you have to cross a treacherous stretch of water called Jack Sound.’
    • ‘Rivers and streams along the routes of the Roman roads were crossed by bridges.’
    • ‘She quickly crossed to the other side of the street and walked towards her house.’
    • ‘In their separate rooms, the exact same smirk crossed both of their faces.’
    • ‘Sarah ended her vigil at Sofia's side and crossed the room to her fiancé.’
    • ‘The vehicle sped away, going through red traffic lights at 50 mph in a 30 mph area before crossing the Pheasant roundabout on the wrong side.’
    • ‘A weak, forced smile crossed the bruised and grimy face, " Hey.’
    • ‘When they had crossed to the far side of the square, they came to a straw colored building with a thatched roof.’
    • ‘Determined, she waited for a clear road before crossing the busiest stretch in the city to the other side.’
    • ‘His car crossed to the wrong side of the road and collided with a tree.’
    • ‘It was also hazardous for pedestrians to cross Cemetery Road, and she suggested traffic lights and a pelican crossing were needed.’
    • ‘We crossed to the other side of the balcony, where there was a second door.’
    • ‘Residents were also concerned that it would mean children having to cross New Road Side - even though the council has said a pedestrian crossing would be installed.’
    • ‘Then turning again toward Christina, a frown crossed the woman's stern features.’
    • ‘As all three crossed to the other side of the road, Daniel saw a speeding car, then heard the sound of a car hit Michael.’
    • ‘He stretched enormously, crossed to the washstand, and poured hot water into the basin, then frowned.’
    travel across, go across, cut across, make one's way across, traverse, range over, tramp over, wander over
    span, bridge, arch, ford
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    1. 1.1 Go across or climb over (an obstacle or boundary)
      ‘he attempted to cross the border into Jordan’
      no object ‘we crossed over a fence’
      • ‘I hope this will be an opportunity to cross international boundaries and express practical help and love for those who are bereft and homeless.’
      • ‘I didn't get a sense of having crossed some life-changing boundary.’
      • ‘At the time the Russians said he had been shot by a border guard while crossing the frontier with Finland.’
      • ‘The trolley is fitted with a sensor which is triggered if it crosses the supermarket's boundaries, causing a shield to drop down over the wheels and stop the runaway cart.’
      • ‘The quest to bring John Lillie to justice took around 10 years and crossed international boundaries.’
      • ‘How fluently can creative artists cross global boundaries?’
      • ‘Police officers were stationed along the route every hundred yards preventing anyone from crossing the boundary.’
      • ‘The drivers' biggest challenges will be the Western Sahara with no metalled roads and crossing a minefield in Mauritania.’
      • ‘Hundreds die during attempts to cross the borders illegally.’
      • ‘Police are reminding all motorists they should not attempt to cross the barriers if they are in any doubt about the safety of the conditions.’
      • ‘She managed to cross all obstacles on the medium course, and liked it so much that she decided to try the big one too.’
      • ‘The row erupted among a group of about 10 men - at least two of whom had crossed the nearby Border from the south.’
      • ‘Asking spectators to cross national boundaries, and especially seas, is putting far to heavy a financial burden on them.’
      • ‘But persuading our English neighbours to cross the Border is a bigger problem than anyone thought.’
      • ‘They said a policeman kicked a civilian when he attempted to cross the barriers set up at the corner of Queen and Henry Streets.’
      • ‘Tens of thousands of mobile phone customers are believed to be caught in the trap of incurring international charges every time they cross the Border for work and leisure.’
      • ‘The alleged bomber claims to have illegally crossed the Mexican border into the US.’
      • ‘When I was at school and less than well behaved, a yell in the ear and slap of the ruler on my wrist told me I'd crossed the boundaries of acceptability.’
      • ‘First of all, any architectural or engineering work has a technical or practical purpose, for example to span a river, to cross an obstacle.’
      • ‘They then crossed the border and got into a vehicle, which drove them to France.’
      travel across, go across, cut across, make one's way across, traverse, range over, tramp over, wander over
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    2. 1.2cross overno object (especially of an artist or an artistic style or work) begin to appeal to a different audience, especially a wider one.
      ‘a talented animator who crossed over to live action’
      • ‘It is a really great toy and it crosses over lines - people who are religious like it because it is a historical Jesus and is not a parody in any way.’
      • ‘Art is symbolic, and crosses over into many different genres.’
      • ‘It may be the film that finally crosses over to the mainstream.’
      • ‘That could also mean that high art is agnostic or that it crosses over to all faiths.’
      • ‘‘Christian rock’ is its own musical genre in America, but it rarely crosses over into the mainstream.’
      • ‘Her music may be deep-rooted in the teen market but her image crosses over into the adult market where she is often shown on adult magazine covers posing seductively while still maintaining an ‘innocence’.’
      • ‘They were obviously trying to play down the gay content and cross over to straight audiences.’
      • ‘When he crosses over to painting from his preferred medium of printmaking, his sensibility is divergent and different.’
      • ‘They may have been featured on the South Bank Show, but the duo have been trying to cross over to a mass audience for a while now without much success.’
      • ‘When these niche products are successful with a broad audience, of course, the marginal crosses over into the mainstream.’
      • ‘His album is out there at the moment getting people used to the raw style, which is always lost as an artist crosses over into the mainstream market.’
      • ‘This time the four-time Grammy award-winner crosses over into the genre of jazz with his first album of standard tunes.’
      • ‘He writes true-to-life books, which cross over well from a teenage to adult audience.’
      • ‘The publishers believe this is a book that crosses over from business into pop culture.’
      • ‘People find it very difficult to deal with subject matter that crosses over from one pigeonhole into another.’
      • ‘I think our music crosses over because we're tapping into a romantic yearning that so many people have.’
  • 2no object Pass in an opposite or different direction; intersect.

    ‘the two lines cross at 90°’
    • ‘Noticing this, he squeezed in as close as possible to the vehicle he was passing and we crossed with no more than a couple of feet to spare.’
    • ‘Our paths never crossed again after playgroup anyway.’
    • ‘There were two tubes crossing in different directions.’
    intersect, meet, join, connect, criss-cross, interweave, intertwine
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    1. 2.1with object Cause (two things) to intersect.
      ‘cross the cables in opposing directions’
      • ‘Gem crossed her two, graceful arms over her raised chest.’
      • ‘I crossed my legs Indian-style and took a drag of my cigarette before asking him what it was about.’
      • ‘‘The same thing I told the last three guys that came in here,’ she said, crossing her arms tighter across her chest.’
      • ‘Setting the tray down in the middle of the rug, David sat, crossing his legs.’
      • ‘Finally Emily sat back down on the couch next to Reese, crossing her bony, slender legs as she spoke.’
      • ‘He sat back, crossed his own supple young arms and watched, awe struck by the creative process of life.’
      • ‘She pulled a nearby seat in front of her and stuck her legs on it, crossed one upon the other, and sipped the drink.’
      • ‘He waved his hands back and forth for a few minutes before jumping onto the bed and sitting on his with his legs crossed underneath him.’
      • ‘He sat down, crossed and uncrossed his legs, and tried to pick up the flagging vibe.’
      • ‘He crossed his well toned arms as looked her up and down, and made no move to hide his snicker.’
      • ‘He leans back, placing his hands on the back of his head and crossing one of his legs over the other.’
      • ‘Both of her arms crossed each other across her chest, the daggers she held lay lazily over her shoulders on each side.’
      • ‘In addition, he showed how to decode body language: crossing one's legs when sitting was a sign of uneasiness, while standing with one's legs wide apart was the hallmark of a braggart.’
      • ‘She crossed her long thin legs and rested her chin on her hands.’
      • ‘He casually settled into a worn orange couch, and crossed his long, lithe legs.’
      • ‘He fidgets in his chair like a man unaccustomed to sitting still, crossing and uncrossing his legs, slipping his socked feet underneath him.’
      • ‘‘You're forgetting one very important thing,’ implied Tyler, crossing his lean, tanned arms.’
      • ‘I crossed my room and flicked on my stereo, turning it up as loud as it could then I sat on my bed with my legs crossed underneath me.’
      • ‘Sitting down, and crossing her legs she closed her eyes and concentrated.’
      • ‘Her long floral dress bunched up as she crossed her long tan legs.’
    2. 2.2with object Place (something) crosswise.
      ‘Michele sat back and crossed her arms’
      • ‘He leans back against me, squeezing his arms under mine and crossing them tightly against his own stomach.’
      • ‘Mac just threw up his arms and then crossed them across his chest again before slamming his back against the locker indignantly.’
      • ‘You should write for a magazine, she told me, crossing and recrossing her legs, flipping her hair to scare up some play in this half-deserted place.’
      • ‘She put her arms down, crossing them and pouting.’
      • ‘She crossed her ankles, and put her arms behind her back.’
      • ‘‘Would you mind,’ she shouted at him, unfolding her arms and crossing them over her chest.’
      • ‘The other chuckled, and Petersen sat down and crossed his hands behind his head.’
      • ‘Amanda sat up and crossed her ankles.’
      • ‘I took a deep breath, walked to a table and sat down, crossing my hands to make it look like I was waiting for someone.’
      • ‘I lowered my arms and crossed them again, waiting for Josh to reply or come running back.’
    3. 2.3 (of a letter) be sent before receipt of another from the person being written to.
      ‘our letters crossed’
      • ‘It would appear that our letters crossed and I therefore repeated this request on 15th May.’
      • ‘Maybe the letters crossed over in the post.’
      • ‘A letter from Alstom also of 18 June probably crossed with that letter.’
  • 3Draw a line or lines across; mark with a cross.

    ‘cross the t's’
    • ‘She told me to heighten the letter i and to cross my t's so that the horizontal bar is equally long on both sides of the vertical line.’
    1. 3.1British Mark or annotate (a check), typically by drawing a pair of parallel lines across it, to indicate that it must be paid into a named bank account.
      • ‘This means that it is at the risk of the bank to accept a crossed cheque into someone else's account when it is written in favour of somebody else, which means that banks don't generally accept them.’
      • ‘Extreme caution is needed where cheques are crossed and marked account payee only.’
      • ‘Subcontractors are also advised to pay workers by auto pay or crossed cheques.’
      • ‘The holder is entitled to cross a cheque even if an original crossing, usually printed on the cheque, has been opened by the drawer.’
      • ‘Anyone wishing to contribute as requested to should have cheques crossed and made payable to the Athletic Club.’
    2. 3.2cross someone/something off Delete a name or item on a list as being no longer required or involved.
      ‘Liz crossed off the days on the calendar’
      • ‘Depending on your allergy, you can automatically cross some restaurants off your list.’
      • ‘If you're still sending a card to someone you haven't seen since Guide camp, it's probably time to cross them off your list.’
      • ‘Don't cross me off the social list just yet, though.’
      • ‘He couldn't hear or see anyone, so he took the liberty of crossing a name off the paper.’
      • ‘Incidentally I wasn't serious when I suggested we and our friends might cross North Dakota off our list of prospective holiday destinations this summer.’
      • ‘If you really want to help, volunteer to make dinner or do laundry so Mom can cross a few things off her list.’
      • ‘He told me, and I nodded, understanding, while mentally crossing Oliver off the list.’
      • ‘Since then each day seems to have rolled into another before I've had chance to catch my breath and cross things off the To Do List.’
      • ‘The New Orleans Saints are the obvious pick but all of us are rooting for them so let's cross them off the list.’
      • ‘He looked down at the words he had written in the notebook and crossed a name off a list that was just starting to grow.’
      • ‘The auction will make the perfect opportunity to gather some Christmas presents and cross some names off that list.’
      • ‘A guy had a whole table of laboratory glassware and I was able to cross an item off my list of lifetime goals: I now own a bell jar.’
      • ‘I was asked to go and cross my name off the list, because Gordon Copeland knew I was here.’
      • ‘Personally, I'd be glad to cross that worry off the list.’
      • ‘He also crossed his name off of the list of the dead.’
      • ‘Jack Shanahan watched as the guard crossed his name off the list at the doorstep of Belle Henderson's three story home.’
      • ‘Oh, and we can cross Erica off the list of suspects now.’
      • ‘The students roar with approval, and, even though the principal expels her and crosses her name off the ballot, her fellow students reject the two ‘major’ candidates and vote for her anyway.’
      • ‘And if they dismiss you as some kind of lunatic, cross them off your holiday list and go spend the money you would have spent on their gift on yourself.’
      • ‘Quebec election bureaucrats have started crossing names off nomination papers with great and possibly unfair abandon.’
    3. 3.3cross something out Delete an incorrect or inapplicable word or phrase by drawing a line through it.
      • ‘But then, he called Labaton back to clarify, saying that the problematic phrase was in an earlier draft, he had noticed it and crossed it out.’
      • ‘Jacob pondered on this for a moment, and then he responded: it's okay, if you don't know a word, just cross it out.’
      • ‘You can read it anywhere, you can highlight words or cross them out and scribble your own comments alongside.’
      • ‘So if the previous occupant had had his mail redirected and received this letter, what's to stop him from crossing out my name?’
      • ‘What they told me to do is take a pen, cross out the address, write ‘Does not reside’, and then put it back in the box.’
      • ‘People will cross out words and write above them.’
      • ‘He gave a nod and picked up his pen, starting halfway down the page without crossing out what he'd written before.’
      • ‘Edith relaxed, sinking back into her chair, crossing out something she had written on her notepad and exhaling.’
      • ‘I wrote down something that I was just about to do (go pick up my ticket to Flipside), and then crossed it out.’
      • ‘The last words were crossed out and new wording was substituted in manuscript.’
      • ‘All the rest was crossed out because it was meaningless, self-serving guff - like this column.’
      • ‘A nameless person after my own heart had crossed out the extraneous apostrophe and written a comment berating the person for not knowing how to use the English language.’
      • ‘There's a piece of contributory evidence here: Manningham started to write ‘Mid’, then crossed it out and wrote ‘Twelve Night’.’
      • ‘Sheets that showed a translator writing lines, crossing them out, going back to what he crossed out… What a library would give for them today!’
      • ‘I pause every so often to cross something out, or try to pick the best word to use.’
      • ‘If a section does not apply to you, cross it through with a line and the words ‘not applicable’.’
      • ‘Shann had written her name, then crossed it out, then written it again in tiny letters above it, then crossed that out.’
      • ‘He said he had made a mistake and crossed that figure out and had written the correct amount of $590.17.’
      • ‘On one line, all but three words were crossed out, replaced with a phrase.’
      • ‘But I never crossed his number out of my phone book.’
      delete, strike out, strike through, ink out, score out, scratch out, block out, blank out, edit out, blue-pencil, cancel, eliminate, obliterate
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  • 4cross oneself(of a person) make the sign of the cross in front of one's chest as a sign of Christian reverence or to invoke divine protection.

    • ‘He used his dampened fingers to cross himself (forehead, chest, each shoulder) and then motioned for Loryn to do the same.’
    • ‘Ted said thanks for the evening and Mary crossed herself and invoked some sort of biblical curse.’
    • ‘The priest, who was hovering nearby, crossed himself.’
    • ‘She crushed the list against her chest and crossed herself.’
    • ‘At 11 am, there are already about a hundred people inside, and still they are coming, crossing themselves as they enter, kissing a picture of Christ next to which is a bunch of bluebells.’
    • ‘She would pray when she returned home from his studio, and she would cross herself in front of La Madre de Dios in the evenings as she made her way back to him.’
    • ‘As the preacher crossed himself, the church bell began to toll.’
    • ‘I crossed myself, I greeted the priest, I kissed his hand, and my father understood.’
    • ‘The old Irish priest crossed himself and slunk back away from the computer.’
    • ‘The queen closed her eyes with a prayer of thanksgiving, quickly crossing herself as she rose to her feet.’
    • ‘I walked towards the hooded figure who had been crossing himself and stood in front of him, palms facing out to indicate that I offered no threat.’
    • ‘Then the bishop came forth, crossed himself briefly, and bowed his head.’
    • ‘She addresses her prayers to Catholic saints, crosses herself, and has a collection of Catholic iconography.’
    • ‘Quickly, he crossed himself, and knocked on the wooden bed frame as he sat back down on it.’
    • ‘He kneels down, crosses himself, without being aware of it, and clasps his hands, prayer-like.’
    • ‘Their names and histories were changed, often several times, and woe to the children who failed to remember which name was current, or to cross themselves, or to say recently learned Christian prayers.’
    • ‘It allowed online visitors to kneel to pray, cross themselves and perform an arm-raising ‘hallelujah!’’
    • ‘But how many viewers noticed the winning jockey Graham Lee crossing himself?’
    • ‘Many people integrate religious practice into their daily lives, crossing themselves while passing a church or entering to light a candle, pray, or meditate.’
    • ‘Strangers and friends cross themselves as the funeral begins.’
  • 5Soccer
    Pass (the ball) across the field toward the center when attacking.

    • ‘Frank Foley went on a run from centre back, crossed the ball into the square for Thomas Doyle to equalise.’
    • ‘Luis Garcia escapes down the right wing and crosses the ball into the Chelsea penalty area.’
    • ‘Germany attack down the left, the ball is crossed and Lukas Podolski tries a volley from inside the D of the Italy penalty area.’
    • ‘From the ensuing free-kick wide on the right, the ball is crossed in to the Italy penalty area.’
    • ‘His ability to cross the ball and pass it over very long distances absolutely astonishes people.’
  • 6Cause (an animal of one species, breed, or variety) to interbreed with one of another species, breed, or variety.

    ‘many animals of the breed were crossed with the closely related Guernsey’
    figurative ‘he behaved like an old regular officer crossed with a mathematician’
    • ‘The Long-hair was crossed with the spaniel and an old German gun dog, the Stoberhund.’
    • ‘What do you get if you cross a carrier pigeon with a woodpecker?’
    • ‘During the 15th and 16 centuries, it was crossed with the sheep dog to provide strength, and later various hounds to obtain more speed.’
    • ‘The horses are usually Irish draught crossed with thoroughbred, a combination with a reliable temperament, and arrive at Hutton aged four.’
    • ‘The barb was taken to Spain by the Moors in the eighth century, and was crossed with local mares to produce the Andalusian.’
    • ‘He's a Clydesdale cross, crossed with a standard breed.’
    • ‘Males from Oregon-R and 2b were crossed with virgin females from each deficiency strain.’
    • ‘The South American bee was crossed with the African bee, the idea being to create a more ‘resistant’ bee, a hardy all-weather insect.’
    • ‘Similar results have been obtained by crossing Pachon and Subterraneo cavefish.’
    • ‘These felines are hybrids first bred from crossing a wild small leopard cat of Asia with a domestic cat.’
    • ‘It's actually a hybrid between two species, so it's rather like crossing a donkey with a horse: what you get is strong but it's completely sterile.’
    • ‘If we get to the point where we can make the offspring viable and fertile, then what I think we should do is attempt to cross lions with successively smaller felines until we create a male housecat with a mane.’
    • ‘The novel is like science fiction crossed with an SAS adventure.’
    • ‘First, the two breeds described previously were crossed, followed by 10 generations of random mating.’
    • ‘The latest craze among dog fanciers: Poodles crossed with other breeds.’
    • ‘She is now working with her third puppy Maple, a curly coated Retriever crossed with a Labrador.’
    • ‘The story of his life, at least as he tells it, reads as if Kafka had been crossed with Dostoevsky with a dollop of magical realism thrown in for good measure.’
    • ‘Arabian stallions were crossed with a few English mares at the end of the 17th and start of the 18th centuries to produce the thoroughbred.’
    • ‘Merino ewes, grown for their wool, are crossed with a meat breed, such as a border Leicester ram, to produce so-called first-cross meat sheep.’
    • ‘This was observed when two wallaby species, Macropus eugenii and Wallabia bicolor, were crossed.’
    1. 6.1 Cross-fertilize (a plant)
      ‘a hybrid tea was crossed with a polyantha rose’
      • ‘The frequency of embryo formation was similar to that obtained by crossing wheat with maize pollen.’
      • ‘They have been crossed with other Asian species to produce the plants now cultivated.’
      • ‘Zao 18 was crossed with the SMV-susceptible cultivar Lee 68 to study the inheritance of resistance.’
      • ‘A rice japonica variety, Nipponbare, was crossed with an indica variety, Kasalath.’
      • ‘Many of today's hybrids have been crossed with Lilium regale.’
      • ‘Often the transgenic crop will be crossed with existing parents to produce an improved variety.’
      • ‘This male was crossed with the female cultivar Hayward to produce the F 1 population.’
      • ‘A total of 23 flowers were crossed, and 33 flowers were submitted to mixed pollinations.’
      • ‘These native American species have since been crossed with V vinifera to form new varieties, and among themselves to produce the rootstocks used in modern viticulture.’
      • ‘Sixty-one triploid F 1 plants were crossed with diploid pollen donors for testcrosses.’
      • ‘In the past, perennial species have been crossed with sunflower and most of the improvements in sunflower have been the result of crossing with Jerusalem artichoke.’
      • ‘These are the roses that were crossed with the tea rose of China to form the hybrid tea.’
      hybridize, cross-breed, interbreed, cross-fertilize, cross-pollinate, intercross, mix, intermix, blend
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  • 7Oppose or stand in the way of (someone)

    ‘no one dared cross him’
    • ‘You will experience a sense of liberation for the rest of your working life and be able to spit in the eye of just about anyone who crosses you - a great and abiding pleasure.’
    • ‘Most importantly remind them of who's in control now and that they don't want to cross me.’
    • ‘Next time everyone will be against you, because you will have led them to expect that there will be no penalties for crossing you.’
    • ‘Now that he had free range over his powers to do whatever he wanted with them, the men dared not cross him.’
    • ‘After suing anyone who dared to cross him, Douglas was finally imprisoned himself for libeling Winston Churchill.’
    • ‘And he can make so much trouble if he doesn't get the elections he wants that it is not worthwhile crossing him.’
    • ‘He wants her to explain why everyone who crosses her gets injured.’
    • ‘Too late they discover that Hale is an underworld crime lord, and that crossing him results in an inevitable slow and painful death.’
    • ‘He has a daughter, I pity her husband if he crosses her.’
    • ‘She likes her own way and is unforgiving if slighted; one journalist who crossed her subsequently found many other powerful doors were slammed in his face.’
    • ‘If someone crosses me I do like revenge, so watch out.’
    • ‘In his last years he was able to pick off those who had crossed him, reward those who had stood by him, and enjoy a quiet life at last.’
    • ‘Those who crossed him 12 months ago are not easily forgotten.’
    • ‘No one dared to cross her - if Madeline didn't like you, it got pretty ugly.’
    • ‘So then, you've got PMS, and you're on the warpath, and you know that anyone who dares to cross you in any way, gets it!’
    • ‘The smile that said I dare you to cross me and see what happens.’
    • ‘There would be little quarter given to anyone who crossed him.’
    • ‘Lately, he's taken to assailing university officials who dare to cross him on this explosive issue.’
    • ‘Brigid herself was the only one who dared to cross this woman.’
    • ‘You might want to do it if your aim was not only to discredit the story but to discredit the source and discourage others from crossing you.’
    oppose, resist, defy, thwart, frustrate, foil, obstruct, impede, hinder, hamper, block, check, deny, contradict, argue with, quarrel with
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